Teen recalls heroin addiction and road to recovery

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A DEADLY FORM OF HEROIN continues to destroy lives across Long Island , trampling across age groups and economic lines.

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#23
Jul 27, 2008
 
God bless the young and invincible youth. Taking a chance on getting high instead of enjoying life for all its worth. LIFE is worth living and sealing your fate in a drug is stealing your chance to live on.

Dont start cause it sure is not worth it.
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#25
Jul 28, 2008
 
a good parent knows what their child is up to and doesn't let drug problems like weed escalate to harder drugs. Every kid starts out with weed or alcohol and when a parent doesn't notice they're either blind or indenial. A cop can't keep track of every kid on LI. It's time for you to get back to your responsibilities and be a parent.
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#26
Jul 29, 2008
 
I have known this girl since she was in elementary school, and this story astounds me. We live nearby and knew nothing. For all of you who think this can't be you or yours, can't or won't happen in your neighborhood, you are clearly wrong. I applaud her for her efforts to become clean and honestly share her story. I will keep her and her family in my prayers.
ace

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#27
Jul 29, 2008
 
It could start with raiding the medicine cabinet for Vicodan,they then buy them from associates, or maybe get a prescription.The next stop is Oxycontin ,I believe that is a short phase,because at $40 per pill
in no time they are buying $6 bags of dope on Bushwick Ave.The Police cant or wont stop it,and as parents ,we cant either.Addicts have to be motivated to stay clean.I know how this ends,all to often it is death or the"lucky" ones end up in jail.Many people had told me to walk away from my heroin addicted son,after 2 escapes from NUMC he finally was detoxed and just completed 28 days of rehab.I know this is just the start of a long battle with a demon,and I cant deny the reality

“Massapequa Mom”

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Massapequa, NY

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#28
Jul 30, 2008
 
ace wrote:
It could start with raiding the medicine cabinet for Vicodan,they then buy them from associates, or maybe get a prescription.The next stop is Oxycontin ,I believe that is a short phase,because at $40 per pill
in no time they are buying $6 bags of dope on Bushwick Ave.The Police cant or wont stop it,and as parents ,we cant either.Addicts have to be motivated to stay clean.I know how this ends,all to often it is death or the"lucky" ones end up in jail.Many people had told me to walk away from my heroin addicted son,after 2 escapes from NUMC he finally was detoxed and just completed 28 days of rehab.I know this is just the start of a long battle with a demon,and I cant deny the reality
You are right about the medicine cabinet...people should keep their opioids locked up and out of sight of teens and other at risk people. Keep the key on your person and don't let it out of your sight. Kids think "pharm" parties are safe...they aren't. Kids die from ODs there too. And as you say, before long, they are buying heroin in Brooklyn. Except now they can get $7 bags right here at home. It amazes me that so many don't understand that school personnel need to be properly trained to detect deals and kids that are using. Having the personnel isn't enough. They need to know what to look for.

I wish you and your son all the best in your long road ahead.
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Jul 31, 2008
 
GoGoJuice wrote:
Recovery can turn into a drama if you let it. Look at he first poster who recommends all kinds of looney treatments. It's the circus approach.
Plenty of people live without chemicals and thrive without making it a big deal. Think Straight Edge. You just let recovery become a way of life, using meetings to remind you of who you are, and you go on.
Not everyone can recover from drugs using the method you are describing. And it sounds like Amanda has plenty of drama in her life from people who viewed her addiction as "no big deal". Prisons and halfway houses are full of people who think their addictions are no big deal.
If Amanda could have eliminated her addiction problem with this type of belief-system, she already would have.

It's not a good solution to expect a current addict to determine how best to eliminate their destructive behavior. A qualified neurologist/pyschiatrist will help Amanda get past her depression and her self-destructive responses.
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Aug 27, 2008
 
I am a recovering heroin addict. I started using H at the age of 18 and am now 26. With the support of my family I have now been clean for over a year, and no longer have the desire to use drugs. Never say never, I know your daughter can quit using if she truly wants to quit and has your support. I wish you both peace.
long island mom

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#31
Oct 9, 2008
 
there is no nightmare worse, no agony greater than living with the nightmare of addiction. For all of you out there that believe faulty parenting is its cause, i feel sorry for your ignorance. My 22 yr. old son grew up in a wonderful family, had a wonderful education, was a scholar in elem and high schools and was accepted to 9 top tier and the most selective colleges in th usa on scholarships i might add.We were stunned and horrified to learn that he became addicted to heroin at one of these prestigious universities despite our vigorous attempts to educate our children about the horrors of drugs from an age. We did everything right and despite our best efforts and devotion our son made a horrific decision and was hooked the very first time....the one thing we have learned in the past three years of top notch costly rehab that rus into the 100s of thousands is that drug abuse knows no class, no age, no color,...it is a vicious monster that kills both the addict and those who love him/her. Remember also that there is an addictive gene at work as well...some people will try a drug and not get hooked but those who have the gene will not be as lucky.....his grandmother was an alcoholic and so there is the link...if intelligence was the marker he would have escaped this insidious disease but make no mistake that heroin and all drugs are not just in the inner city or depressed communities....it lurks in your backyard and listen carefully....it lurks in the 3 million dollar backyard and the trailer park equally...remember also that NO ONE SETS OUT TO BE AN ADDICT AND IT IS TRUE THAT AS PARENTS WE DID NOT CAUSE IT, WE CANT CONTROL IT AND WE CAN NOT CURE IT. the heartbreak is that the love we have for our children, our brother, father , sister or mother or husband is not going to fix the addict......addiction is beyond love...all we can do is offer the rehab and support because we are not powerful enough to cure it...they need to surrender to a higher power and use the toolbox given to them by most rehab facilities and its one day at a time using their sober support network forever,FOREVER....they have chemically altered their brains, they have lived for the drug alone, the monster that turns fine young men and women into creatures hardly recognizable from that before addiction . For any skeptics out there but for the grace of god it could be you or yours and you should read The Selfish Brain, A Million Little Pieces and Beautiful Boy for starters....most of all our country is a sewer of illegal and legal drugs that have poisoned the souls of many basically good people and so instead of judging, go do some research ,get some wisdom and then write to your congressman and beg for tougher drug legislation which also by the way includes our physicians who write far too many prescriptions for things like oxycotin and percocet....do your homework and then come home and say your prayers so the monster doesnt come to your home and loved ones.

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#32
Oct 19, 2008
 
chicago wrote:
I am a recovering heroin addict. I started using H at the age of 18 and am now 26. With the support of my family I have now been clean for over a year, and no longer have the desire to use drugs. Never say never, I know your daughter can quit using if she truly wants to quit and has your support. I wish you both peace.
Could you please tell me how your family aided you in getting off of heroin.

What steps did they take?

I recently learned of my son's heroin use and I don't know how to even begin to help him.

I feel totally helpless.
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#34
Nov 6, 2008
 
My husband's daughter is addicted to heroin and refuses to admit she needs help. We are at a loss on how to "make" her get help. She is 22 years old and lives with us and this is all new to me. Even though her parents were divorced, she had two very stable homes. Her mother and step father provided a very normal suburban upbringing and were very loving parents. Her father and I provided love an support and the four of us have always maintained a united front for the kids. Any ideas on how to get her to admit she needs help?
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Apr 2, 2009
 
Farmingdale Mom wrote:
I have been living with the heartbreak of a drug/alcohol addicted child for the past 8 years. I am and was an involved parent. My daughter has been in multiple rehabs, from out patient to inpatient. She has seen some of the most competant psychiatrists, neurologists and medical doctors. This is a terrible scourge on society. It is everywhere. No family is untouched. If you think that it can never happen to you, you are so wrong. I live with the knowledge that my daughter is probably going to end up dead or in jail. Sobriety does not last. Less than 5% of all heroin addicted people will still be clean in 5 years. It is a whole lifestyle, with relapses and broken promises. It changes everyone in a family. You learn not to trust them, and pray that they change. I can not begin to describe what happens to a talented, pretty young woman when she experiments with drugs and then gets hooked. there is a loss of boundaries between what belongs to you and them. They only live for their next high and will do anything to get it.They will steal from you and use you to get what they need. You never stop loving your child, but you learn not to trust them anymore. You cannot listen to their promises of how things will change. When the phone rings in the middle of the night, you know it about them. Have they been arrested? Were they in an accident? Are they dead? Eventually they will be living in the streets. Do you take them back in and risk the lives of everyone else in your house? or do you leave them in the streets to ??what, I don't even know. And then you pray that they will land in a rehab, to maybe see how they can turn their life around. All I can say is that now that my daughter is in a treatment facility I know that I am not getting THAT phone call tonite. No matter what, I will never be ready for THAT phone call. Don't judge until you have lived with an addict. It is so easy to think that you have all of the answers, but I promise yu, if there were better answers no family, no child would ever live through the hell of heroin addiction.
Farmingdale Mom,
Your letter could have been written by me, my daughter will (hopefully) enter her 4th round of rehab/detox/sober living within the past year and a half. Can anyone offer hope? Are we going to live like this until the phone call that will make our current hell a different one?
Heroin Addiction

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#37
May 16, 2009
 
Best heroin addiction recovery is depending on a sufficient amount of time in a healing program. Usually, research has exposed that for both outpatient and residential heroin addiction recovery programs, period of ninety days or additional is required to see expected outcome.
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#39
Mar 6, 2010
 
That's true- but many programs are only for 2 weeks to maybe a month(if lucky-approved by insurance or state).I have a daughter who since HS has been a handful with alcohol and drugs. Now at 20 year old she resorted to "H". I feel my husband and I have never seen eye to eye and that caused the alot of our problems. I keep on telling him he needs to stop enabling her. She was out of numerous rehabs after 2 and half wks and other places even less time which land her into a major car crash which nearly killed her...but it did stop her drug habit. She got into more trouble with the law, followed by violating probation which landed her in jail. After that incident I finially had to wash my hands with my husband agreeing (for once) that we cannot help her anymore. I am so upset... even though I know I am doing the right thing. I have sat down and written a letter expressing my feelings but I cannot come around to visit her because I am so hurt from her lying to me over and over again. I feel I will never get my daughter back again. I ask myself why did this happen to our family? It has taken years off my life and has killed my health- I really don't look forward to anything like I use to because all I worry about on a daily basis is her and how I can possibly help her (but I know she is the only one that could help herself).
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Mar 6, 2010
 
upsetmom28 wrote:
That's true- but many programs are only for 2 weeks to maybe a month(if lucky-approved by insurance or state).I have a daughter who since HS has been a handful with alcohol and drugs. Now at 20 year old she resorted to "H". I feel my husband and I have never seen eye to eye and that caused the alot of our problems. I keep on telling him he needs to stop enabling her. She was out of numerous rehabs after 2 and half wks and other places even less time which land her into a major car crash which nearly killed her...but it did stop her drug habit. She got into more trouble with the law, followed by violating probation which landed her in jail. After that incident I finially had to wash my hands with my husband agreeing (for once) that we cannot help her anymore. I am so upset... even though I know I am doing the right thing. I have sat down and written a letter expressing my feelings but I cannot come around to visit her because I am so hurt from her lying to me over and over again. I feel I will never get my daughter back again. I ask myself why did this happen to our family? It has taken years off my life and has killed my health- I really don't look forward to anything like I use to because all I worry about on a daily basis is her and how I can possibly help her (but I know she is the only one that could help herself).
You're almost a year late to the party on this thread. What drugs are you taking?
Massapequa Park Mom

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Mar 7, 2010
 

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Yo Heroin G Money check it 1-2-1-2 No chill all frontin big cheezy in Massapequeezzy. Mad props to 50 for shizzle in Pequa,I peep paint boyz -will crip walk and bark out rollin 40's style for sure.
N$$##! go out big e style- Dats der Werd Peace out from Cracker Mon in Massapequa Park - north of the tracks trash.

I was doing Heroin for 30 years and lived on 2nd Ave in massapequa Park. My 3) drug dealers for Heroin still reside in Massapequa Park and deal from there houses on Grand, Ocean and Philly. 30 years and still there. Great work by Nassau Police 30 years and they are still going strong in Massapequa buying selling drugs.
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www.helpsaveourkids.com . They also have a safe for the medicine cabinet. Good luck and God bless. My brother did over 30 years in the junkie world and has since passed away cause the body can only take so much. At least I know where he is now.
A concerned Mother

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#43
Feb 27, 2011
 
For those that really want to change their lives there is hope. Salvation Army offers an in house program for addicts, it does not cost very much.
Buy me Dgs

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#44
Feb 27, 2011
 
Yo Heroin G Money check it 1-2-1-2 No chill all frontin big cheezy in Massapequeezzy. Mad props to 50 for shizzle in Pequa,I peep paint boyz -will crip walk and bark out rollin 40's style for sure.
N$$##! go out big e style- Dats der Werd Peace out from Cracker Mon in Massapequa Park - north of the tracks trash.

I was doing Heroin for 30 years and lived on 2nd Ave in massapequa Park. My 3) drug dealers for Heroin still reside in Massapequa Park and deal from there houses on Grand, Ocean and Philly. 30 years and still there. Great work by Nassau Police 30 years and they are still going strong in Massapequa buying selling drugs.
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#45
Feb 27, 2011
 
this is what happens when the goverment does not close the bounders or do anything.
Bricks

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#46
Feb 27, 2011
 
i mean borders sry bout that

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